- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2008

Development surrounding the Washington Nationals‘ stadium is rapidly transforming the once-dilapidated neighborhood in Southeast Washington into a destination for dining, shopping and, of course, enjoying a baseball game.

Residential development has added new condominiums and town homes to this lively neighborhood. The first 75 homes offered in EYA’s Capitol Quarter development of 212 three- and four-level town homes near 1023 Fourth St. SE sold out quickly, and sales are expected to begin again this fall. Interested parties must register with www.eya.com to be notified by e-mail of the next release date of homes for sale.

Located within walking distance of the Navy Yard Metro station, Capitol Quarter is a prime example of EYA’s commitment to creating urban communities where residents can walk to everything. From Capitol Quarter, residents can walk to Barracks Row and Eastern Market for an eclectic mix of boutiques and restaurants plus the shops and restaurants along M Street Southeast and Pennsylvania Avenue. As construction continues in the area, more restaurants and shops are anticipated.

Homes in the new section at Capitol Quarter are projected to be priced from the $600,000s for market-rate housing and from the upper $400,000s for work-force housing. Two of the town-home models are designated as work-force housing, financed in a partnership between EYA and the D.C. Housing Authority. Prospective homeowners who qualify can buy these homes for less than market value through a lottery system later this fall. Register at www.eya.com to be notified about this lottery.

Capitol Quarter homes include brick stoops with wrought-iron railings and classic Washington row-house-style architecture. The homes have garage parking and professional landscaping. EYA builds Energy Star homes that comply with high standards for energy efficiency and include energy-efficient windows and doors, gas heat, low-water-consumption toilets, a programmable thermostat, house wrap and an energy seal package, and an electric water heater.

Each home has three finished levels with two or three bedrooms and 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 baths. Standard features include hardwood flooring on the main and upper levels, high-tech wiring, recessed lighting and ceramic tile flooring in the foyer. The gourmet kitchens include 42-inch birch cabinets, granite counters, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, a pantry and Energy Star appliances. The baths have ceramic tile floors.

Buyers can add a finished loft level with another bedroom and bath and entertaining space, including a roof terrace. The finished indoor space on this level adds approximately 350 to 450 square feet of living space.

The market-rate homes have 1,327 to 2,570 finished square feet, while the work-force-housing homes have 1,224 to 1,327 finished square feet.

The Banneker model, with 1,663 finished square feet, is anticipated to be priced from the $700,000s. This home has a foyer on the entry level with an entrance to the garage and stairs to the upper level. This level also has a bedroom or optional study with a closet, plus a nearby coat closet. Buyers can add French doors and built-ins to this room if they choose to use it as a study.

The main level features a front living room with an optional fireplace and optional built-in shelving. In the center of this level is the dining room, which opens to the center-island kitchen. Next to the kitchen are a powder room and a pantry. Buyers can add a deck off this level.

Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. The second bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private full bath. A laundry room completes this level.

The optional loft level has a fourth bedroom with a closet, an adjacent full bath and an open loft with a sliding glass door to the roof terrace.

For more information about Capitol Quarter, call sales manager Phil Salin at 202/484-0360 or visit www.eya.com.

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